a daily basis what kind of jewelry should I be wearing to work?
I work in a business casual type environment and wear a lot of
suits or sweater sets. I never wear any jewelry besides a watch
and my wedding/engagement rings.
can make or break an outfit. Women have more leeway in wearing
jewelry in the workplace than
men do. As I say in Casual Power, it is important to accessorize
appropriately, especially when you are dressed down. Most business
casual outfits need a boost to convey top-level professionalism,
authority, and personal power.
In addition to your watch and wedding
rings, you can safely add these jewelry items and not be overdone:
1) earrings 2) a necklace
or a scarf 3) a bracelet 4) one ring, worn on the other hand.
choosing jewelry, make sure that it adds to the overall outfit
and that it is appropriate for the situation and time of day. Keep
your metals in the same tone as much as possible. If your watch
and wedding rings are gold that does not mean that you cannot wear
silver. Or if they are white gold or platinum, you can still wear
yellow gold in your other pieces if you keep all the other items
in the same yellow-gold tone. Belt buckles count as a metal, too.
Look to your belt buckle to determine which metal color will be
best for your earrings, necklace, etc.
I encourage you to wear
more jewelry to add style and panache to your image. Earrings are
a must, even if you have
long hair. Earrings,
in a flattering shape for your face, bring attention to your face
and to you! They also add polish and finish to any outfit and to
overall image. Necklaces should only be worn if they truly add
to the neckline of the outfit. As long as your arm is not stacked
up with a bunch of jangling bracelets, a bracelet or two can be
appropriate in the workplace.
Casual Power has a lot of valuable
information on jewelry in the workplace. Chapter Five has an entire
segment with written information
and photographs. The sabotage section also discusses (in detail)
what jewelry items and accessories will sabotage you in the workplace
and what will not.
Use jewelry as a “Power Up” tool.